Expressions of creativity and the thousands of mutual aid groups that have sprung up in communities during this crisis remind us of what it means to be human. All represent what we can and should be.
The pandemic has shown that society organized around production for profit destroys nature and harms most of the world's population. But we are also seeing signs of socialistic alternatives.
Can world wide catastrophe be prevented? Yes, it could, but only if capitalism is replaced by a planet-friendly progressive socialist economy.
Unless we are vigilant, some governments and corporations could use the pandemic to extend their power and influence permanently.
This pandemic fundamentally challenges us to rethink norms and clichés about freedom and authority; about the individual, the community and the "state."
The Ontario government promises there will be no new evictions during the pandemic, but landlords can still make life even more uncertain and uncomfortable as tenants try to shelter in place.
The moral code of the pandemic will restrict individual freedom temporarily, but its effect will last much longer. It is collective solidarity that will reckon with acts of libertarianism and neglect.
Shirley Douglas was a champion of public health care, nuclear disarmament and the Black Panther breakfast program.
COVID-19 is like a counterweight to imagined communities: it's a community-building experience that's unimagined and nonsymbolic. It transcends identities because it menaces everyone, everywhere.
Canada has banned refugee claimants from entering this country from the U.S., subject to narrow exceptions. In so doing, we abandon our legal commitments under the 1951 Refugee Convention.